Encyclopedia: Zhang Hu

Zhang Hu [Tiger Zhang]; Chang Hu; 張虎

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Zhang Hu [Tiger Zhang] 張虎

Lived: Unknown


Served: Miscellaneous, Liu Biao

Marched out with Huang Zu to oppose Sun Jian. Killed by Han Dang after 30 bouts.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Chang Hu [Tiger Chang]
Simplified Chinese: 张虎
Pronunciation: Zhang1 Hu3
Cantonese (Yale): Jeung Fu
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Zoeng Fu
Min-Nan: Thio Houw

Birthplace: Jiangxia

Other Names: Zhang Hui

Name Notes: ‘Zhang Hui’ in the online Brewitt-Taylor translation.

Rank and Titles


Family and Relationships

Huang Zu (Commander)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Zhang Hu did not duel with Han Dang.
  • Zhang Hu was not killed in AD 191 by Han Dang.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 7

Sanguozhi: Wei 6

Hou Han shu: 74


Historic (Confirmed)

In AD 190 the new Inspector of Jing province, Liu Biao, acting under advice from Kuai Yue, invited the local lords to a banquet. He then ordered their execution and took their followers. Zhang Hu, from Jiangxia, was among these local lords, but he managed to escape with Chen Zuo/Sheng. They took refuge in Xiangyang but were later persuaded to surrender by Kuai Yue and Pang Ji.

Zhang Hu plays a different role in the novel:

Chen Sheng was a general in service to Huang Zu. When Sun Jian marched on Liu Biao he faced Huang Zu, who rode out with two generals, Zhang Hu from Jiangxia and Chen Sheng from Xiangyang. Flourishing his whip, Huang Zu abused his enemy, “You swarm of rebels from the south! Why do you invade the land of a scion of the ruling house?”

Zhang Hu challenged to combat and Han Dang went out to accept. The two champions fought thirty bouts, and then Chen Sheng, seeing his fellow general becoming exhausted, rode to his aid. Sun Jian saw Chen Sheng coming, laid aside his spear, reached for his bow, and shot an arrow wounding Chen Sheng in the face. He fell from his horse. Panic seized upon Zhang Hu at the fall of his comrade, and he could no longer defend himself. Then Han Dang with a slash of his sword clove Zhang Hu’s skull in twain.



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April 10, 2023